chew the scenery

chew the scenery

To be exaggeratedly or flamboyantly melodramatic or overly emotional while acting a role, as for television, theater, or film. I hated working with him on that play—every night he'd go out and chew the scenery so much that he was the only one the audience noticed! I love watching hammy actors chew the scenery in bad movies.
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chew the scenery

(of an actor) overact. informal
See also: chew, scenery
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One part of its challenge lies in ensuring that it is a true ensemble piece: to keep it balanced, no one character should take over, though there are ample opportunities for several to chew the scenery if left unchecked.
But all in all, it's great fun, the cast are a hoot - John McGrellis and Lindzi Germain chew the scenery as rival sub captains, and the Bear-lero might just be worth the ticket price alone.
Sylvia Sanchez has some of the film's most heartwrenching moments, but she occasionally goes over the top when she's allowed to "chew the scenery" with effusive, veinbursting theatricality.
What the film may lack in originality it makes up for in exhilarating action sequences and strong performances, with Affleck noticeably giving himself the least showy role and allowing his co-stars to chew the scenery.
What the film may lack in originality it makes up for in exhilarating action sequences and strong performances, with Affleck noticeably giving himself the least showy role and allowing his co-stars to chew the scenery. The film is set in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the one-square-mile neighbourhood that apparently produces more armoured car and bank robbers than anywhere else in America.
What the film may lack in originality, it makes up for in exhilarating action sequences and strong performances, with Affleck noticeably giving himself the least showy role and allowing his co-stars to chew the scenery.
Director: Ben Affleck Star rating: makes up for in exhilarating action sequences and strong performances, with Affleck noticeably giving himself the least showy role and allowing his co-stars to chew the scenery.
Hanks and the rest of this talented cast get to chew the scenery - including Rance Howard, the director's father, as one of the cardinals - but you get the sense that this is not a film any of them will be pointing to with pride in the future.
Make the scene, chew the scenery and be "scene." Career: If you treat your job like fun and games, it may be more palatable and delightful.
Trapped beneath tons of dust and brick, he has no opportunity to chew the scenery, and instead relies on his power to pour emotion into the simplest facial expression or cry of pain.
It all added up to a major temptation to chew the scenery, but even as melodramatic fireworks exploded all around her, Beals chose to play it real.
I suspect that Pape, as a properly trained German artist, finds it a bit declasse to chew the scenery (as so many of his colleagues do in performing the part); he's still a bit uptight, but it's a commanding performance nonetheless.
Which means, as is often the case in action movies, it's the bad guys who get to chew the scenery.
Because his is a great story, full of highs and lows, with plenty of opportunities to chew the scenery, which for the most part Harris eschews.
From the vastly popular X-Files with its "The Truth Is Out There" motto and Agent Mulder's office wall poster reading "I Want to Believe," to last summer's more lighthearted box office hit Men in Black or the youth-market film Spawn, with its graphic and medieval Hell (evil always films better than its opposite, and bad guys get to chew the scenery, which is why angels do better in books than on screen), there seems to be a pervasive longing to be part of something bigger than the merely mundane, seemingly insoluable and often sordid problems of either Cops or the 6 o'clock news.